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Police search playing fields where sex attack took place

Police are searching school playing fields in Knaresborough where a teenager was sexually assaulted on Easter Sunday.

Police search school playing fields where teenager was sexually assaulted Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A man grabbed the girl and attacked her on land near St James's School. The scene has been cordoned off.

Pictures from scene of Knaresborough sex assault

Police have sealed off an area of school playing fields in Knaresborough where a teenager was sexually assaulted.

Police seal off area where sex attack took place Credit: ITV Yorkshire
St James's School in Knaresborough Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A man grabbed the girl, and attacked her on the morning of Sunday April 5.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Read: Knaresborough teenager assaulted on school playing fields

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Teenager sexually assaulted on school playing fields

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Knaresborough.

It happened on the playing fields of King James's School, when the girl was grabbed by a man on Sunday April 5.

The victim, a teenage girl from Knaresborough, has been receiving support from specially trained officers. The area has been cordoned off to allow for forensic examination and searches.

"This is an extremely distressing incident and I am appealing for people to come forward if they have any information that may help the investigation.

I would ask anyone who may have been at King James's School between 9am and 11am to contact me as soon as possible. Did you seen anyone in the vicinity of the school this morning? Or did you see or hear anything that gave you cause for concern? If so, I need to hear from you."

– Det Chief Insp Allan Harder, North Yorkshire Police

Recording of bomb hoax call released

A man's been sentenced to four years in prison for making hoax bomb calls which led to the centre of Knaresborough being sealed off by armed police last October.

York Crown Court was told that 23-year-old Shamsul Islam made the calls because he had a grudge against staff at a pizza parlour. The incident caused chaos when armed police were forced to lock down the town as they investigated the claim. Police today released the call made by Islam.

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Controversial incinerator set to go-ahead

What the incinerator would look like

Councillors in North Yorkshire are set to give the go ahead for an incinerator. That's despite opposition from local residents in Knaresborough and losing government funding.

The facility at Allerton Park would dispose of non-recycled household waste either mechanically, biologically or in a specialist waste plant.

The proposal was agreed in principal in 2010 and was supported by Government funding under a Private Finance Initiative. However, this funding was withdrawn in February 2013.

The withdrawal of the PFI credits was unexpected, and presented us with a considerable challenge.

However, after examining the project in great detail, the council’s officers have determined that over the 25 years of the contract, the proposal is still the best long term available solution to the disposal of waste generated in NorthYorkshire and York.

– Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire County Council
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